Design History and Historiography Lecture

On the 18/04/16 we were given a design history lecture by Theo Humphries as well as looking at the history of design we also looked at several important guides which would help us in the near future whilst producing work. Bellow are the notes I produced whilst in this lecture.

Design history and historiography: problems, strategies and ‘close reading’ of texts.

History – Timelines: Turning a large amount of information and simplifying it, illusion of simplicity.

The connection between things, these thousand of connections which have an influence on one singular event. Smokey and cloudy feeling, unclear effect.
(Cause and Effect)
Pattern recognition is of great importance to designer. Recognising images, and patterns which we employ to the things we do, (for example sitting down on a chair in a lecture studio) we only process important and relevant information.

Sometimes history is unclear, irrelevant and is seen as chaos, whereas we give it a relevance through clear thinking this is a complex analogy and we need to think to grasp the idea of something or any idea in general.

All history is constructed by a historian, nothing is always factually accurate. (ALL HISTORIES ARE CONSTRUCTED)
Be aware of the time its written, when its written and who its written for.

‘isms’ and ‘ists’
The fixity is an illusion
ALL spelling stays the same but the meaning only stays the same whilst the human convention to it is the same.

‘Pop art slide’
1. Aesthetics
2. Time produced
3. Meaning
Both say that we consume commodified food and media, emphasis on the world we live in.

‘Kettle slide’
Although completely different several similarities to connect them, vast array of connections.

Minimalism, Modernism, Functionalism (influenced by)
NeoPlasticism, Idealism, Cubism, Purism.

With RAMS we see that the first three things he was influenced by and concentrated on is closely incorporated wheres other anomalies are just as important but if they are all given his other features get more clouded and aren’t as important.

Human interaction and how people connect themselves with technology due to their experiences and beliefs.

Theres so much subjectivity within debates people are connected without any relevance. The importance and the lack of importance to being connected with another being or subject.
‘Close Reading Exercise’


Above is the ‘Close Reading’ exercise that we did in Theo’s lecture; I found this extremely useful as it allowed us to understand how to carefully dissect a piece of written work in order to fully grasp the concept of it.

Overall I found Theo’s lecture very insightful and useful and I believe that a lot of what he said, discussed and taught to us will be useful whilst producing such work as the constellation essay.

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